The co-writer of the mood-setting song that opened each episode of the hit HBO mob drama “The Sopranos” has died. The death of Jake Black, who co-wrote “Woke Up This Morning” with his Alabama 3 bandmate Rob Spragg, was announced by the British band on its Facebook page.
Black reportedly died Tuesday. His age and the cause of death were not reported.
“Early this afternoon, on a beautiful summer’s day, our friend, comrade and spiritual teacher, Jake Black AKA The Very Reverend D.Wayne Love, passed over to the higher ground,” the band wrote on Facebook. “After a magnificent performance at the Highpoint Festival in Lancashire, D.Wayne in his supreme wisdom, decided it was the appropriate moment for his ascencion into the next level.
“The transition was painless and peaceful. He was surrounded by brothers Larry Love, L.B. Dope, The Spirit, Jonny Jamm and Sister Therese Mullan.
“We are heartbroken.
“All that remains for us, at this moment, is to carry out his precise instructions regarding the continuation of his teachings as a First Minister of The Presleyterian Church of Elvis The Divine, and continue The Great Work.
“His last words, which we have yet to decipher, were ‘Tweet Tweet, Possil Fleet.'”
A persistent incorrect rumor about the “Sopranos” theme that continues to appear in various places on the Internet is that the song was either written by or sung by Leonard Cohen, who in reality had nothing to do with the song.
The song, which has been released in various mixes, appears on Alabama 3’s 1997 album “Exile on Coldharbour Lane.” “The Sopranos” reportedly used the “Chosen One Mix” of the song.
Alabama 3 band members Piers Marsh and Simon Edwards have also been mentioned as being involved in writing the song.
The photo below was published by Alabama 3 on its Facebook page along with its announcement of Black’s death.